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Scottish Tragedy, Interrupted


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Fantastic! I did it too at 49. I typed at a keyboard, instead of walking into HR with my resignation. I didn't buy a motorcycle but instead gave up all the material possessions by giving everything away. I put some clothes in my car and drove to Georgia. I decided to start over fresh and that's what I did! Funny when I read this story it felt just as good! Good riddance to the grind! Mr. MacClellan shouldn't have waited so long! But wow did you pack a punch, Mark, into this 75 word entry and I will be looking for it when I vote!! Cheers, Fonda


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reply by the author on 12-Jun-2019
    Wow - how cool to chuck it all and go to Georgia! For now, I have to do that sort of thing vicariously (guess that's why I write) - but my wife and I are planning a Route 66 trip in the fall.

reply by Ms. Snyder on 12-Jun-2019
    That will be cool. My son and I did it when he was turning 13 years old. We veered off a bit from time to time to get fireworks and did a lot of cool things like the Grand Canyon and took a tour of the country when moving from Nevada to Ohio. It was a really cool trip! I stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona - which was fun - at a Dairy Queen - and spent time in many places that taking I40 or I10 that wouldn't have shown us the cool attractions. It was fun for me as I had traveled the country many times over but always on the main interstate. I hope you enjoy your trip and remember to take lots of pictures. I still look at our pics from that trip to this day. He looked so much different back then! A little boy and now he's a man! But the places were remembered fondly! The fall will be a beautiful time of year - I hope you will get many a story out of the trip! And I vicariously live through the idea of you eating that Italian Beef! LOL Cheers, Fonda
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That's the only way to go! What a wonderful little flash fiction, Mark. I smiled with him when he went into Personnel and handed in his notice. Excellent! Well done and good luck in the contest. :)) Sandra xx


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reply by the author on 12-Jun-2019
    Thanks, Sandra - a little vicarious for this 59 year-old guy who sits behind a desk for a living.
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OH. Um. Okay. Very clever, but I haven't a clue what it all meant. So that makes you doubly smart. I hope you win. Then you can explain it to us who didn't enter. Ha Ha. Sincerely Anne.


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reply by the author on 12-Jun-2019
    No, not doubly smart - sometimes I just get a little to cute with the literary references - this one using a couple of lines from Macbeth (a "Scottish tragedy") to communicate the fact that the characters life was passing him by.
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Ahhhh, yes!! Male menopause!! Nothing we women have even marginally compares!! (Did you see Bruce Dern and Ann-Magrete in the movie alllllll about that in the late 70's?)

Anyway, this was fantastic. My only regret is that I've already bestowed all my sixes for the week. Now that I know you'll back on, I'll know better than to be so hasty! Great write. xo


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reply by the author on 12-Jun-2019
    Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I don't have the motorcycle gene in me - I did however buy a really nice bicycle a couple of years ago, so I use that to escape every once in a while (I wear a helmet of course - one can only be so wild).

reply by Rachelle Allen on 12-Jun-2019
    Yes, we don't want you being that level of Middle Age Crazy! Better safe then dead in a ditch because of a crush noggin. (That's a slight paraphrase of the original quote...)
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Buying a motorcycle, quitting his job. This can't be good!! Sounds like mid-crisis to me. LOL Just enough words to peak my curiosity! Good job!
God bless!
Patty

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reply by the author on 12-Jun-2019
    Thanks - there's a tiny bit of autobiography in there, but with three kids in college, I'll not be quitting my job anytime soon

reply by Patty Palmer on 12-Jun-2019
    LOL I hear ya! Our kids are grown but then we are raising our granddaughter who is now 15 years we've had her since 3 days old. At her teenage years have come along I swear I've aged 20 years LOL We had all boys so this has been neat. bought my first homecoming gown this year over$200 bucks! I NEED A JOB!! I doubt that anyone would hire a disabled 66 year old nurse though!
    Have a great day!
    PATTY
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I am with Ian in wanting to be free of the rat race, especially since he has labored so long. But their are surely better ways of exploiting his new-found freedom than buying a motorcycle. I hope his wife warned him of the dangers of motorcycle riding. I can hear her warning, just like Ralphie's mother's in "A Christmas Story." You'll shoot your eye out!" I suppose buying a boat would have been a more expensive option. Men should consult their wives before giving in to whatever whim their midlife crisis brings on. His wife, if consulted, might have suggested a nice cruise, something they both could enjoy. Excellent entry, and clever use of the Shakespeare quotation. Best of luck. Our tomorrows are precious, and we should consider how we spend them. judi

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reply by the author on 12-Jun-2019
    It sounds like you know my wife. Actually, she doesn't need to give me the speech as I am not a motorcycle guy - I do have a nice bicycle I like to ride when I am in need of escape though.

    Thanks for this thorough review.

reply by judiverse on 12-Jun-2019
    You're very welcome. Bicycle good, motorcycle bad. judi
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